Blogging helps teens de-stress

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Blogging may help teens suffering from social anxiety, by improving their self-esteem and helping them relate better to their friends, researchers say.

`Research has shown that writing a personal diary and other forms of expressive writing are a great way to release emotional distress and just feel better,` said the study`s lead author, Meyran Boniel-Nissim, PhD, of the University of Haifa, Israel.

`Teens are online anyway, so blogging enables free expression and easy communication with others,` he stated.

Their study found maintaining a blog had a stronger positive effect on troubled students` well-being than merely expressing their social anxieties and concerns in a private diary.

Opening the blog up to comments from the online community intensified those effects.

The researchers randomly surveyed 161 high school students, with an average age of 15, in Israel, who had some level of social anxiety or distress.

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